Chevrolet is bringing a name back with this, the Tinyblazer—sorry, Trailblazer.
Borrowing plenty of design cues from the Bow Tie’s other recent returnee, the Blazer, the smaller Trailblazer slots in between the Trax and Equinox. For those keeping score at home, that brings the count of crossovers/SUVs to seven for the brand.
While it may be a larger model than the pint-size Trax, the Trailblazer will undercut it in terms of price. Chevrolet has said the Trailblazer will start under the $20,000 mark, making it the cheapest crossover of the lineup.
Buyers will get a lot of car for the cost of entry. Every Trailblazer will come with auto high beams, a lane-keep assist, automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert and front pedestrian braking. GM’s OnStar and Teen Driver will both be standard as well. Extra-cost features such as lane change and rear cross traffic alerts, rear park assist and adaptive cruise control are optional.
A 60/40 split rear row allows the Trailblazer to swallow items up to 8.5 feet long. Drop the entire row and storage space sits at 54.4 cubic feet.
Shown here in off-road friendly Activ trim, the Trailblazer will be available with two triple-cylinder engines at launch, powering either the front wheels or all four. Both the 1.2- and 1.3-liter engines are turbocharged, with the larger option putting out 155 hp and 174 lb-ft. The standard transmission for both engines is a continuously-variable unit; when paired with all-wheel drive, the 1.3-liter will feature a nine-speed auto.
Chevy will reveal more on its newest crossover ahead of it arriving in dealerships next spring.
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